Keeping Christ at the center of your relationship doesn’t just start with romantic relationships. No matter what your love like looks like, keeping Christ at the center starts today.
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Genesis 4:9
Here are 3 things to remember when it comes to showing love:
- Take care of the relationships God has already given you
If you’re a single woman, take this time in your life to love others, the way that Christ loved you.* You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to begin caring and looking out for others. Right now, you have the opportunity to make the most of the relationships that God has already given you. You don’t have to wait to do that!
- Forget what the culture says
Too often times our culture pressures people into thinking that they have to have a certain set of experiences in order to be in a lasting relationship. Don’t fall for this. What prepares you for the kind of love within marriage is not having dated X amount of people. What prepares you for marriage is learning how to live a life centered on your first love, Jesus. A true understanding of perfect love doesn’t come from a list of dating experiences. That kind of love flows from Christ. So cling to that right now, and wait for the one who is clinging to that as well.
- Don’t view every single guy or every friendship with a single guy through the relationship lens
When you wake up tomorrow morning, when you head into work, or head to school, or wherever else you’re going, carry the beautiful truth in your heart that you are loved by Jesus and because you find your satisfaction in Him, you don’t have to go around wondering if that certain guy you just met is your future husband. Don’t carry with you a lens that analyzes every little thing so much to the point that you’re not even so much focusing on the conversation at hand because you’re so busy trying to process all your inner thoughts about this particular guy. Focus on loving others like Jesus would in the present and let God work on your future. He doesn’t need you stressing out over every little text, and every little interaction. Focus on loving like Jesus, and let Him prepare you for what’s next.